Haute Couture: The Hottest Looks from the Runway
It is safe to say that Haute Couture is one of the most misunderstood terms in fashion – yes it does mean 'High Fashion' in the broadest sense of the term, but in fact, there are a number of guidelines a fashion house should follow to be truly defined as offering a Haute Couture Collection. The rules are as follows:
- The fashion house must design custom, made-to-order pieces for private clients, with several face-to-face fittings.
- They must have an atelier in Paris, having 15 or more members of staff.
- For each Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter season to show a collection at Paris Fashion week, consisting of at least thirty five looks, both evening and day wear.
Who knew such a creative and free-spirited thing like fashion could have so many rules? I thought "no socks with sandals", and "keep yoga pants for the gym", were the only real rules you had to stick to.
Now that we've all learned something about Haute Couture, we can get to the really interesting stuff – seeing some of the hottest Haute Couture looks from the season's runway. Get ready for some serious sartorial envy...
Christian Dior sent some seriously stunning looks down the Haute Couture runway, and with predominant shades of black and white, the entire collection was classic and chic. Figure flattering silhouettes were the order of the day with particular favourites including an amazing structured ivory gown with beautiful beaded embellishment and trumpet skirt, as well as a ditzy floral printed prom dress with '70s style bell sleeves and a defined waist - feminine, ladylike and so, so elegant.
Giambattista Valli was fashion forward with its Haute Couture collection at AW 2015-16 Paris Fashion Week. With extreme textures, colours and silhouettes on show, each piece that was sent down the runway was quite simply, a work of art. For me, the stand out ensemble of the collection was a voluminous neon orange skirt, teamed with a structured printed top. The collection was eye-catching, brave, bold and contemporary.
Schiaparelli took influence from eras gone by, with vintage and historical themed silhouettes, fabrics and prints dazzling on the runway. There was an ethereal Roman-style gown, complete with chain belt and double arm cuffs. Travelling a few thousand years into the past, there was an impeccable Victorian style dress with matching cropped jacket, in an ornate textured fabric featuring gorgeous colours and detail. It was a wonderful collection that brought fashion from the past into the modern age.
What was your favourite Haute Couture look? And have you been inspired to add to your wardrobe? Personally, I can't wait until the next Paris Fashion Week arrives, and with it, a whole lot more high fashion looks.